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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 16804
Last updated: 12 December 2019
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Type:Cody VI Floatplane
Owner/operator:Samuel Franklin Cody
Registration: Unregistered
C/n / msn: 1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ball Hill, Laffans Plain, Cove Common, Farnborough, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Farnborough Aerodrome, Farnborough, Hampshire
Destination airport:
The Cody VI aircraft was completed in July 1913, and made its maiden flight as a land plane on 14 July 1913. It was fitted with its floats and carried out flotation tests on the Basingstoke Canal at Mytchett on 30 July. The floats were then removed and replaced again by skids and wheels for more flight trials

On 7 August 1913, as he was test flying his latest design, the Cody VI Floatplane, when it broke up at 200 feet (61 metres) over Ball Hill, Laffans Plain, Cove Common, Farnborough, Hampshire. Samuel Franklin Cody and his passenger, the cricketer William Evans, were killed. Cody's stepson, Leon King had given up his place on the flight to Evans. The two men, not strapped in, were thrown out of the aircraft, and the Royal Aero Club accident investigation concluded that the accident was due to "inherent structural weakness", and suggested that the two might have survived the crash if they had been strapped in.

Cody was buried with full military honours in the Aldershot Military Cemetery; the funeral procession drew an estimated crowd of 100,000. William Evans funeral was held on 13 August 1913 at St Peter's Church in Tadley in Hampshire. Large crowds attended, drawn there because of the tragic circumstances of his death. His body had been cremated, an unusual choice at that time, but perhaps due to the horrific injuries his body had received during the flying accident. The casket containing his ashes was buried in a grave beside that of his grandmother, Emma Evans, who had died in 1911. Leon King, Cody's stepson, was among the mourners, as were Evans's family and friends. The prayers of committal were read by the Rev L.P. Phelps, from Oriel College, Oxford, which Evans had left only eight years before.

Adjacent to Cody's own grave marker is a memorial to his only son, Samuel Franklin Leslie Cody, born Basel, Switzerland 1895, who joined the Royal Flying Corps and was killed in Belgium on 23 January 1917 while serving with 41 Squadron.



Cody aircraft mark VIB Hydroplane on the Basingstoke Canal in 1913, S.F. Cody at the controls. Aviation in Britain Before the First World War RAE-O473 Wreckage of S.F.Cody's biplane after the crash: Cody VI wreckage RAE-O590

Revision history:

27-Mar-2008 11:33 Bleiente Added
05-Feb-2009 04:41 cowdery Updated
11-Feb-2017 18:59 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Feb-2017 19:00 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code]
17-Nov-2018 23:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Nov-2018 23:58 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code]
19-Nov-2018 21:23 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Narrative]

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